Thursday 22 August 2019

Volunteers needed to offer respite to families with disabled children

Gloucestershire County Council is searching for volunteers to give regular short breaks to children with disabilities and complex health conditions, during the summer.

Gloucestershire County Council is recruiting volunteers to act as short break carers, providing a couple of days’ respite to the families of children with disabilities and complex health conditions.

The ‘Share the Care’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for short break carers, helping children who require care and their families. The young people have various needs, ranging from severe learning disabilities to autistic spectrum disorders.

Ongoing support and training from health and social care professionals is given to all carers, and carers don’t need to have a spare bedroom, but must be over 21 years of age. Some young people with physical disabilities will need an accessible living arrangement.

There are also opportunities for those interested in becoming a carer for adults with care needs.
Councillor Richard Boyles is the deputy council leader and cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years, and said: ‘Our carers work closely with parents and professionals, following an agreed care plan to make sure we achieve the best outcomes for children. All children are different and to meet their needs, the team is looking for a wide variety of people.’
For more information, call the Family Link Plus team on (01452) 426860.

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Monday 15 July 2019

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